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    March 20, 2011
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hello, everyone. i'm fredricka whitfield. >> we with like to welcome viewers in the united states and around the world for our special coverage for the conflict in libya. while american, french forces are carrying out odyssey due well a u.n. approved mission intended to stop moammar gadhafi from violating a cease-fire and
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attacking his own people. multiple missile and air strikes hit targets in eastern libya since the operation was launched 24 hours ago. >> u.s. joint chiefs of staff chairman mike mullen says most of gadhafi's air defense systems and airfields have been taken out. libyan ground forces have also been hit. >> the no-fly zone is effectively in place. we have combat air patrol or aircraft over benghazi and we will have them there for on a 24/7 basis. move that to the west and he hasn't flown any aircraft for the last two days. the whole goal here is to get it in place. two, be in a position so that he is unable to massacre his own civilians and that we effect the humanitarian support. from that standpoint, the initial operations have been very effective. >> besides the u.s. britain and
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france countries taking part in the libyan operation include italy, spain, canada, and qatr. >> gadhafi vowed to fight back what he calls terrorists attacking his country. >> we be victorious. we will achieve victory on behalf of the people. we have allah with us. have you the devil on your side. >> he called coalition nation it is new nazis and promised a, quote, long drawn war. >> nic robertson is in the libyan capital of tripoli. so, nic, gadhafi sounding very defiant. what are people saying? at least standing his ground. what are people there saying? >> reporter: well, the supporters are rallying behind him. and certainly the effort he's trying to do here is to sort of cast this as sort of christian world against the muslim world
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because -- he is calling this a crusader war which is designed not only to sort of build support inside of libya for himself but also build support for libya from outside and is telling the population they have support from africa and the middle east and from asia as well. so he's trying to bolster his standing not just here, not just threaten the international community with a long war and attacks in the mediterranean, warships there. but also -- not just to say the whole population is armed and going to be armed and they will fight back the international community. but it is very much to set himself up as we heard in the past from other arab leaders when faced by the international community to set themselves up as being the victims of a christian crusader invaded army because that's the way he feels he can build the biggest support. there have been on state television today funerals, funerals of the government says are of civilians killed of the
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bombing are the only thing that is shown on state television here. wounded soldiers and in that bombing. we heard from people here who have been very concerned about the bombing, worried about the bombing but don't support moammar gadhafi for their -- they are too afraid to koumt and say that publicly. view lot of concern here about what may happen in the coming days. a lot of civilians here in the city who don't support moammar gadhafi but also very concerned about the nature of the air strikes at the moment. >> and clear comments coming from gadhafi. however, he did not take to the camera for his speech. why not, do you suppose? >> reporter: hard to tell. but -- we haven't seen him since the air campaign began. and there was a short speech the night before where he didn't appear on camera. we were gathered in his palace compound last night along with a thousand libyans and there was a real expectation that he would appear. there was definitely the feeling on the ground and security on
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the ground that -- led us to believe he would be coming. and then while we were there, the air strikes happened very close to tripoli. and that's when -- that's when it appeared he wasn't going to show up. you get the impression by not being seen on television, not trying to give away any clues, any indications where he is at the moment. what sort of building he is in because it would -- he would feel likely he -- could feel right now he would be target for an air strike. he is keeping his location highly kept secret, it would appear. >> nic robertson, thanks so much, in tripoli. >> let's get to war damon who is back in benghazi. we are being told effectively a no-fly zone is in place. what are you seeing and hearing? >> reporter: well, what we did see earlier in the day was the aftermath of the french air strikes that eyewitnesses say took place at 5:00 in the
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morning that managed to bring gadhafi's military machine to a grinding halt. these air strikes viewed by the opposition here have literally having saved their lives. the location of the strikes is around 30 kilometers, 20 miles outside of benghazi, at the location where gadhafi forces had masked preparing, we are told to launch yet another assault on benghazi. the aftermath of this was really quite formidable. we saw at least 17 burned out military vehicles ranging from suvs and trucks all the way to armored personnel carriers. tanks that have their turrets blown off. we were told this strike was right on target and there are -- there were a number of gadhafi forces who were killed. we saw five charred bodies. again, residents telling us there were no civilian casualties. one eyewitness saying the strikes began@around 5:00 in the
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morning. lighting up the dark sky, turning it orange and also said that after that, the gadhafi forces who managed to survive this were trying to evacuate their dead and wounded and that's when they were attacked by opposition fighters and managed to drive them farther away from the city. people expressing their gratitude saying thank you to friends. again, they do believe that if these air strikes had not happened today, right now, they would have all been massacred. >> let's be clear. now that they have the no-fly zone they long have been calling for, what do they plan to do next? >> reporter: well, what they are planning to do -- their terms -- deliver the rest of libya. what they want to do ideal sly push the military as far back as they possibly can. while they are not disclosing any sort of specifics in terms of their military strategy. we do now hear the so-called frontline and back in the city. that's been the scene over the
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last few weeks. very heavy fighting. they want to really bring about this -- want to bring out an end to this bloodshed but they do believe that they have to continue to battle gadhafi forces until they do bring down the man who they say ruled this country with an iron fist for four decades. >> planning to repel gadhafi forces from in and around benghazi. do they believe it goes -- reconstitute themselves and try to launch another attack on benghazi? what are they saying to you in terms of fear levels? >> reporter: well, that concern does exist. it exists at a much lesser level than it had in the past. especially given those strikes that we saw happening early in the morning. and then the opposition forces flowing down the highway and beginning to drive gadhafi's troops back. these air strikes, no-fly zone overhead and wehave been hearing throughout the day the fighter jets overhead and has
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really regalvanized and reenergized the opposition. they now do feel like the international community is behind them. that they do have the capabilities, the will power, and now the backing to be able to ultimately end this. and for them it would be, again, bringing down gadhafi and setting up a proper government, they say, in libya, departmentcratic government. there are concerns because many people tell us that goode aftad sleeper cells and loyalists that may try to begin carrying out asaysmations and might be issued -- might be receiving orders from gadhafi to try to have more unrest. a lot of people have a lot of hope, there is the realization this is just the beginning of a very long and very difficult path. >> arwa damon joining from us benghazi. stay safe. thank you. u.s. president barack obama is in bra zulle getting briefings from his national security advisers about the
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military operations in libya. senior white house correspondent ed hen i have traveling with the president on his latin america trip and joins us now from rio. ed, what is the president planning to say in a matter of minutes? >> reporter: he will be focused in that speech in a short time about the economic ties with brazil. and how they are sort of -- some commonality between the two countries, multiracial and multiethnic and how the economies are getting closer and closer together. more trade relations and trying to expand that relationship to create even more u.s. jobs. unlikely to really get into much substoons libya there. like he did yesterday when he authorized the use of force by u.s. troops. and instead what he did this morning was have a secure national security briefing with some of the top aides and included secretary of state hillary clinton joined by secure conference call defense secretary robert gates as well as the commander general carter
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hamm who we have been talking about one of the key leaders oversee thing. what the white house is trying to do even as they conduct this latin america tour, project the image of a president who is still standing on top of the situation in libya and also trying to project the image of a president who is reluctant to use force. basically exhausted all other options and only did, you know, move forward on force because colonel gadhafi refused to engage in cease-fire. if you listen close will you to what the president said yesterday he repeatedly used the word coalition to make this in sharp contrast to previous conflicts where the u.s. was engaged in unilateral action. take a listen. >> i'm deeply aware of the risks of any military action. no matter what limits we place on it. i want the american people to know that the use of force is not our first choice. and it is not a choice i make lightly. but we cannot stand idly by when
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a tie ran tells its people that there will be no mercy. his forces step up the assaults on cities like benghazi where innocent men and women face brutality and death at the hands of their own government. we must be clear, actions have consequences. and the it were of the international community must be enforced. >> reporter: the president is not facing the criticism of rushing in. in this case what he is facing back home particularly in the u.s., republicans like john mccain, former presidential rival, charging that the no-fly zone should have been instituted two weeks ago. senator mccain saying on "state of the union" while the no-fly zone could still be effective, it is going to take more than that now to push gadhafi out. >> ed henry, thanks so much. appreciate that from rio de janeiro. president obama is expected to make a speech to the people of brazil in about a half hour. maybe under that. cnn will bring you his comments
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live as soon as he steps in front of those cameras. the arab league supported a no-fly zone but now there seems to be conflicting statements coming out of that organization. what support are they willing to give? what does that mean? >> there is an emergency session taking place with the arab league in cairo. we will update you on what's being ed and promised and what do they remain tight-lipped on.
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comments? >> i think it probably reflects significant amount of confusion or hypocrisy or incompetence on the arab league if they voted on something they didn't know what it was. then we have a real problem here and do have a real problem. the arab league is an organization that represents the arab governments and arab governments have not done a very good job in the last half a century and their people are rising up against them and throwing them out one by one or asking for serious changes. i wouldn't put too much stock in what the arab league says. the arab league is not a very functional body and does not have a lot of respect and has virtually no achievements to speak for in -- since the founding. this is an unfortunate situation, very sad for me as an arab -- to admit this but this is the reality. the majority of arab people are very happy with what's going on. as long as the -- military action is designed to protect the civilians and stop the
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attacks on civilians by gadhafi's troops and that's what we should be focused on. >> this is fredricka. we are not saying it does not matter how the arab league would take a stand on these military strikes. there was conflicting reports that initially the arab league did not support all that transpired the last 24 hours. and then a correction came out as the result of this emergency meeting saying instead they haven't taken a stand stand on the air strike situation at all yet. so once they do take a stand are you saying that it is not important? or it is irrelevant? or is there impact from that statement? >> well, it is actually both. it is very important that the arab league took a position asking for or supporting a no-fly zone. that's really important because it provided that critical legit mass why you that the international community needed and the security council then acted upon to actually then have a u.n. security council vote saying all necessary means could be used to protect civilians in libya. that arab league vote was very
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important. the problem was that it provided the legitimacy for this process but that legitimacy came from a whole bunch of arab leaders who are experiencing thin or disappearing legitimacy among their own people. you have to take it seriously at one level but at the same time recognize that the arab leaders don't speak for most of the arab people on a very serious way. still legitimate to an extent but that legitimacy is very thin. you have to take them seriously but at the same time, recognize that these are leaders senate essentially do whatever the international community and generally ask them to do. that's why you have uprising over the military world. >> as we wait to get the outcome of this meeting in which they are assessing the situation, arab league, i mean, what is your view? do you really expect to see any arab troops, any active military involve many from arab countries in this operation? >> i don't personally expect
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that, no. we have a long modern history of arab countries acting militarily against other arab countries. but helping each other collectively to ensure the rights of their people and their citizens is something rarely happens. that's why the arab league decision was a welcomed surprise. i was delighted the arab league took that decision. but i don't expect to see them involved logistically or practically in -- implementing the no-fly zone or getting involved in the military action. one or two countries might send some money, humanitarian aid, you know, something very symbolic. uae and qatr have been spoken as two possible. it will be a symbolic way. >> thank you for your time today. >> we will have much more coverage on libya. there is another catastrophic occurrence that occurred halfway
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we will back get to our coverage of libya in a moment. an update on the crisis in japan. death toll from last week's earthquake and tsunami climbed to nearly 8,300 people. more than 12,700 others are still miss. >> incredible numbers. workers at the crippled nuclear
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plant in fukushima are making progress in a battle to call down reactors but japanese authorities say they may need to release more radioactive gas into the air. >> crisis is having a huge impact on the food supplies there. japan is now banning the sale of spinach and raw milk from the area near the plant and it is restricting produce overall. that decision after radiation levels above the legal limit detected in farm goods. >> troubling development in a country struggling with food supplies. survival after nine days. medical workers rescued an 80-year-old woman and her grandson. the 16-year-old boy pulled through the rubble and climbed on to the roof of their home to alert rescuers. amazing. the ceo of seasony praising the way japanese are pulling together during this crisis. a guest on cnn's "fareed zakaria gps." >> do you want the world to understand one thing about japan, the eyes of the world
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focused on japan, what would it be? what's the message you want them to take from this? >> well, that it is -- remarkable that -- the community values and their values generate a kind of unselfishness. that -- we always wish in a crisis. i don't want to compare it to somebody else's people, comparing it to the bulldog spirit of britain during the battle of britain. that was a different kind of crisis. or in new york after 9/11. i think that they would be proud that the people worked together and marine minded everyone of a sense of -- he have been a rates in the frantic nature of all of our societies. and i think that's why the press in particular has written so many anecdotes of people being courteous and thoughtful and kind to one another and we all at various times of our life knew a period like that. recapturing it is somehow soothing for the rest of the
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> bring you the latest on libya and what's called operation odyssey. more coalition planes flying in the skies of libya firing missiles at libyan military targets. now russia is urging those nations to stop the air strikes. >> more nations are continuing to -- coalition efforts, contributing rather, including italy and canada. a top u.s. official told cnn the strategy is to cut off
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logistical support for moammar gadhafi's forces. >> the whole goal here is to get it in place. two, be in a position so that he is unable to massacre his own civilians and that we effect the humanitarian support. so from that understand point, the initial operations have been very effective. >> moammar gadhafi is promising to fight back what he calls terrorists attacking his countries. in his speech he referred to coalition nations as the new nazis. nic robertson is in the libyan capital tripoli and joins us now. it would seem that even though there is a no-fly zone in effect, the coalition started this operation. colonel gadhafi appears to be digging in. >> reporter: he's trying to rally his done trip behind him and rally the region as well. and is calling this a crew side
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of war which is really the type of language that it is trying to use to make people here believe that the country is actually going to be invaded. although we hear from international forces that they are not going to put troops on the ground here. glad gl moammar gadhafi is casting it for his people as that's what they should expect and brace for. using the strike happened so far to rally support behind him. we are told we are shortly going to hear in the press conference from spokesman from the foreign ministry and somebody from the army so we may get a further assessment on the government's read on the situation. at the moment, the -- calling this a crew cider war, telling his people that they are the victims of or will be victorious and telling them they have the support of africa and the middle east and asia as well and even people in europe is really trying to bolster support for him at this time when he's being
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put under pressure. of course, there are people in this city and across the country who don't believe him and don't trust him and say -- too afraid to voice their opinions and true opinions at this time. this is what the country is being told to ral kwlily behind leadership. >> these comments made initially seem to suggest a change in their position of support for the operation and now hearing that they are reassessing the situation on the ground. i mean, not we anticipate gadhafi will be looking to take advantage of any kind of schism? >> reporter: this sort of talk hearing from the arab league right now will effectively be music to his ears. this is what he wants. he wants more international support against the coalition, raid against him through all of this, officials here said send international monitors and international monitors.
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we want an independent version of what's happening in the country to be known, to be broadcast. don't trust international broadcasters and state media isn't trusted outside of the country. they are demanding international monitors come here. so now for moammar gadhafi to hear the arab league is voicing concerns over what the coalition is doing at the moment in terms of air strikes will be support for him and this is something that he will very likely want to build upon. not only internally to show his countrymen he has international support but also externally anything to relieve military pressure he is facing now. >> nic robertson joining us there from tripoli. thank you. evidence of material destruction just east of tripoli in benghazi. that's where we find arwa damon joining from us the rebel stronghold. what's taking place there now? >> reporter: well, fredricka,
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benghazi is a fairly quiet -- as it has been since the opposition managed to drive out gadhafi's army yesterday. what we saw earlier today was the aftermath of french air strikes on gadhafi's military masked outside of benghazi. eyewitnesses saying they were preparing to launch another attack on the city. many of the people we ran into there expressing their gratitudes to the international community for stepping in like this. also wanting to put out the message that they do realize the propaganda they say gadhafi is putting out and claims of civilian casualties and message from here telling us they want to be put out to the world and that they believe that the strikes that they can see so far have been right on target. they furmly believe that if the air strikes have not taken place at this point in time, would have been seeing a massacre happening in benghazi. opposition holding off gadhafi's military for as long as it possibly could have. but saying that -- without this
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international support they could not have stood up against the military machines for much longer. >> arwa, you wonder about the citizens there in benghazi. are they leaving their homes, are they fearful to take sides? is it very clear that they are either in favor of the rebels are who have taken over their town or -- are they showing any allegiance to gadhafi in any way? >> reporter: well, fredricka, the rebels, as you call them, opposition, as they are called here, mainly is made up of residents of benghazi, civilians. we keep hearing them emphasized to us. they say they are nothing more than ordinary citizens who were forced to take up arms over the last few weeks. quite simply because they had no other means of self-defense. by and charge, the majority of the population of benghazi most definitely does stand behind the opposition. there are some sleeper cells as they are referred to here of
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gadhafi supporters and opposition, do their best to try to bring chaos, there are claims carried out targeted assassinations. what we saw yesterday were gadhafi's army was advancing and did enter into benghazi was a small portion of the population fleeing to safety because they feared this onslaught. people firmly believe that gadhafi fully intends to massacre anyone that -- against them. a lot of those people that fled the violence yesterday having since returned. believing that now the opposition as a fight -- has a fighting chance for holding on, going towards tripoli, this international support. many people when they hear the fighter jets overhead no longer fearful because they know that it is not gadhafi's forces who are flying above them. it is now international forces and they look up and one thing to say and that's thank you.
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>> arwa damon, thanks so much, benghazi. >> we are hearing dramatic accounts of the allied air strikes. here is one of them where we are withholding the witness's name out of security concerns. >> to be honest, i was asleep. i woke up to the sound of explosion. i tried to run and see what's happening. i could see -- i saw actually one of the explosions. one of the fires. very scary thing. especially that there is an anti-craft shooting against them. i saw a couple of the -- i don't know what to call it. it was a very bright light. and i could see -- i could see some, i saw them. >> gadhafi called the allied forces terrorists and animals attacking a safe nation. it has done nothing against them. strong words from gadhafi. >> cnn's u.s. pentagon correspondent standing by to explain the u.s. role in all of this. plus, a live report from cairo
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u.s. president barack obama is expected to speak at any moment now to the people of brazil in rio de janeiro. of course, we are watching. there is the setting there. folks are in position but -- no president as yet. >> no president as yet. we expect him shortly, we hope. he is meeting with brazilian leaders and making a case increasing u.s. economic productivity even as he keeps a close eye on libya. we are going to bring thaw speech live as soon as it gets under way. >> meantime, 19 u.s. warplanes were used in these air strikes that have carried out in the last 24 hours. including stealth bombers and fighter jets and to help execute the u.s. military component of this coalition. >> indeed. important point to stress there. the u.s. themselves stressing that this is a coalition effort and unique capabilities. they are driving it right now. plan to take a back seat.
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chris lawrence, as we were telling our viewers the u.s. came to stress while they are in the lead now, they plan to take a back seat. >> yes. exactly. the words that admiral mike mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, used earlier was received into the background. me means there are certain capability it is u.s. will continue to provide. humanitarian assistance, helping some of those planes refuel. remember we were hearing that some of the planes were coming from france, from england and a long way to go and longer they fly to get there, the less time they can spend over libyan air space. so u.s. planes can be used to help them renewal in mid air. also some of the signal jamming, electronic jamming capability, that the u.s. has, to disrupt no only colonel gadhafi's ability to communicate with his forces but any remaining surface-to-air capability to shoot down those planes. some of the electronic signals can continue to be jammed by
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the -- assets that the u.s. military has. but right now as a -- you know the last 12 hours, u.s. military still very much involved at this point. as you mentioned 19 u.s. warplanes hitting multiple targets within libya. we are also told that they hit some ground targets, believing colonel gadhafi's ground forces have mobile missile launchers that could be used to fire upon those planes and there was an take on some of his ground forces today as well. >> the u.s. feels like it made a significant impact on putting a dent into gadhafi's air support system. at the same time, were there any casualties on the ground during the operation? >> we believe there were casualties although it is interesting in that they used these tomahawk missiles initially and they used to mix up the old tomahawk missiles and new tomahawk missiles. new ones have the ability to be
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reprogrammed in flight. so normally you program the tomahawk with a specific target. you launch it and it can loiter around and then fire on its target, maneuvering around in the obstacles. newer ones have the ability to be reprogrammed. if you get new intelligence, new information, that suggest you don't want to fire in that direction, you can reprogram it. they didn't have to use that capability which would sort of suggest that they were fairly confident that what they were hitting were air bases, military targets of the regime, not so much of populated civilian centers. >> chris lawrence, thank you for the update. reports at the head of the 22 nation arab league is now critical of the initial air strikes of libyan military targets could become a significant political setback. arab league backed the no-fly zone last week.
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reza, bring us up to speed with what we have, new more clarification? >> reporter: conflicting reports of accounts and we are trying to sift through those but like you said, this could be a significant setback for the coalition, for this operation, and we know how significant of a setback depending what happens over the next few hours. it seems as if at least some arab countries are not happy with what they have been seeing over the past 24 hours with the implementation of the no-fly zone over libya. it has been a very emphatic aggressive and active initial stage which -- the air and sees so much so that some could perceive it as a military offensive. there are some reports that the arab league, block of 22 arab nations, the leader, has been critical of the past 24 hours. saying that we were not looking
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for military intervention and we were only looking for a no-fly zone that would protect civilians in those reports. what's happening in libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone and we want the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians. arab league, headquarters, is right here in cairo. we understand the arab league is in an emergency meeting. arab league official talking to cnn has a little bit of a different town. he is saying the arab league has not come out with an official position. they are assessing and he v evaluated. they are going to come out with an official position. so some conflict tlgts bing sta. if he is critical of the operation, of this no-fly zone, over libya, it will certainly mean some political problems and diplomatic problems for this
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coalition, for this operation. >> let me ask you this. should we be in auation where the arab league sing qualifying its support for the coalition operation on the ground? how much would it change the way that this operation is viewed by the arab public? you are in the region. what are people saying? >> reporter: i think right now in the arab streets, generally speaking, there is support for this no-fly zone. if it is designed and if it achieves the end goal of saving civilian lives. remember even on the arab street, gadhafi is viewed as a madman that kills his own people and no love lost there. i think that the key is civilian lives. if these coalition forces in their strikes happen to kill civili civilians, certainly a possibility, then you combine that with the arab league, coming out and being critical of the operations, that could possibly shift the sentiments on the arab street.
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>> reza joining us from egypt. we are awaiting more information from the arab league meeting. we understand is ongoing. appreciate it as always. thank you. >> meantime, missions continue to go on over the skies of libya. some of the jets enforcing no-fly zone by the way are taking off from a u.s. base in sicily, italy. very busy police now. we will take you there live for a report. >> stay with cnn tonight, two-hour special. watch libya wars tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern. that are good for you. new v8 v-fusion + tea. one combined serving of vegetables and fruit with the goodness of green tea and powerful antioxidants. refreshingly good. but you can still refinance to a fixed rate as low as 4.75% at lendingtree.com. plus, get the best deal or we'll pay you $1,000. call lending tree at... today.
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sicily is home to a nato base and a u.s. naval air station and right now it's a strategic gathering point for countries hoping to inforce the no-fly zone. >> we have a reporter in trapani there now. >> hi, i'm in trapani on the western corner of sicily and from here, it's just a short
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flight over to the no fly zone and the area around benghazi. there are seven canadian f-18 hornet fighter jets which landed here yesterday and they're preparing for a possible deployment tonight. the canadian spokesman here on base told me. and also we know from the italian defense minister that here at trapani there are eight italian fighter jets which will also be made available for coalition demands as of midnight. so in just a few hours' time tonight. this also the home of the italian air force's f-16s. and it's also the nato home in italy for the awac surveillance planes, doing surveillance of the mediterranean from the international air space into libya at this crisis has escalated this base is one of seven across italy that the italians are making available to the coalition. mr. berlusconi has said that he's proposing naples as the
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coalition command center. as of now, though, apparently there is sort of a shared planning amongst those partners involved in operation odyssey dawn. no actual coalition command established as of yet. but there is expected tobacco ligs, single coalition command named over the coming days. >> diana, thank you. well, opponents of libya's government are using any means available to get their message out. >> did someone help you with this? >> actually i just started this step by step. i don't know how. a guy offered the equipment, a guy covered the camera when they knew i was live on cnn, they came here running. they were like, what do you need. >> more on this man's story and what he's doing, right after this. ern trust -- one of the nation's largest wealth managers -- makes all the difference. our goals-based investment strategies
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generosity of the brazilian spirit. obrigado, thank you. [ applause ] >> and i want to give a special thanks for you to all of you for being here, because i've been told that there's a basco -- football game coming. [ cheers and applause ] >> so i know that -- i realize brazilians don't give up their soccer very easily. i one of my earliest impressions of brazil was a movie i saw with
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my mother as a very young child. a movie called "black orpheus" and it was set in the favelas of rio carnivale. my mother loved that movie of the singing and dancing against the backdrop of the beautiful green hills. and it first premiered as a play right here in theatero municipal. that's my understanding. and my mother is gone now. but she would have never imagined that her son's first trip to brazil would be as president of the united states. she would never have imagined that. [ applause ] >> i never imagined that this country would be even more beautiful than it was in the movie. you are as -- a tropical country
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blessed by god and beautiful by nature. i've seen that beauty in the cascading hillsides, in your endless miles of sand and ocean. and in the vibrant diverse gatherings of brazileros who have come here today. and we have a wonderfully mixed group. we have cariocas. and aliefas. vienas. mineros, we've got men and women from the cities to the interior. and so many young people here who are the great future of this great nation. you know, yesterday i

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